Friday, September 22, 2017

Scenic Pittsburgh: Mount Washington

If you travel directly south of Point State Park in Downtown Pittsburgh, you’ll come across a mountain.  Now, this isn’t a very high mountain, but it’s a great vantage point for lookouts from the city.  This mountain is called Mount Washington, and it is home to some of the most iconic views of the City of Pittsburgh.

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The City of Pittsburgh from Mount Washington, Duquesne Incline Station, October 2015.
Accessing Mount Washington is easy by car, but if you want a unique perspective of the city, might I recommend one of the two Inclines that provide service from Station Square in the South Side to the top of Mount Washington?

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The Duquesne Incline station on top of Mount Washington, October 2015.
There is the Monongahela and the Duquesne inclines.  The inclines run constantly throughout the day and provide a unique perspective of looking out over the city.

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A View of the City of Pittsburgh from the Monongahela Incline Car, September 2017.
Once on Mount Washington, there’s plenty to see, probably the reason why the main road is named Grandview Avenue.  You can walk the whole way along the roadway to multiple lookout decks.  If you take the Duequesne incline to Mount Washington, you also have a lookout as part of the incline station at the top of the hill.

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A night view of Pittsburgh from Mount Washington, July 2017.
Another really cool thing about the Duquesne Incline is that they have multiple lookouts within the station as well so you can see the incline cars and the gear system that makes them work.

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From inside the Duquesne Incline station, the two cars meet on the path to the opposite station, October 2015.

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The gears that make the inclines work, October 2015.
Personally, I enjoy going up to Mount Washington because it reminds me just how small we are.  That all of our worries are minuscule compared to the vast space there is (And this is only seeing Downtown Pittsburgh).  It lets me take a step back and remember what it is I am doing.

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Wide angle of the City from Mount Washington, you can see the Cathedral of Learning and Oakland at the very right of the image, September 2017.
Mount Washington isn’t only good for views of the city, either. There’s also a bunch of churches on Grandview Avenue, if you’re into that sort of thing.

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St. Mary of the Mount Church along Grandview Avenue on Mount Washington, July 2017.
There’s shops and monuments, too.

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DiFiore’s Ice Cream shop on Mount Washington, September 2017.

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Point of View with US Steel Tower, Gulf Tower, K&L Gates, and Fifth Avenue Place prominent in the background, November 2015.
Mount Washington may be a small section of the City of Pittsburgh, but it’s a MUST if you’re visiting Pittsburgh or just want a stroll with a nice view on a summer day or evening.

All images from 2015 taken with a Canon Rebel T5.
All Images from 2017 taken with a Canon Rebel T7i.
Images taken with a variety of lenses.
All images copyright Allen Howard/HDIC Productions

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